Watercolour Paint Recipe
30 mL (2 tbsp) white vinegar
2 mL (1/2 tsp) light corn syrup
45 mL (3 tbsp) baking soda
45 mL (3 tbsp) corn starch
Liquid food colouring, various colours
Bowl with a pouring spout
Containers for paint
Wooden craft sticks
- Combine white vinegar and light corn syrup in the bowl
- Add baking soda and corn starch, and stir until the mixture is combined and stops fizzing.
- Fill the container slots with 1/2-centimetre (1/4-inch) of mixture
- Add food colouring to each section, and stir with wooden craft sticks until mixed
- Allow the coloured mixtures to dry uncovered, overnight or until completely dry
Tip: Add an extra 2 mL (1/2 tsp) light corn syrup if needed, to make the consistency of the paint easier to handle.
Paint Container Ideas
- Candy or mint tin
- 7-day pill container
- Mini muffin tin
- Clear egg carton
- Small plastic ketchup cups
- Empty tea light tins
- Empty eye shadow containers
- Ice cube trays
- Old watercolour container
Tip: Reuse a heart-shaped Valentine candy box as a cute container for your watercolour paints. Save the moulded plastic insert to pour paint colours in.
Tip: To paint with homemade watercolours, simply use water and a paintbrush like you would with store-bought versions.
Travel-sized Watercolour Kit
Take watercolour paints wherever you go with a travel-sized paint kit. Create dividers with aluminium foil in a small candy tin. After paints are dry, attach a small paintbrush and tiny watercolour pad to the tin with a rubber band. Embellish the tin with a label or decorative elements if desired.